Childhood Practice

New College Lanarkshire


Motherwell Campus, Cumbernauld Campus, Coatbridge Campus


This course will give you a deep understanding of working with children and young people, and will help you to integrate knowledge and theory into practice in line with National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Codes of Practice.

Lifespan development theoretical approaches; promoting effective communication; promoting health; safety and security in the work setting; and developing your practice through reflection and learning; care in a contemporary society; leadership; health, wellbeing and safeguarding.

You will participate in a minimum requirement of 60 days of practical experience where you will also undertake 3 VQ (Vocational Qualification) units. Successful completion will make you eligible for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English, or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children and Young People) plus Higher English. Or NC Early Learning and Childcare, or PDA Education Support Assistant. Some experience working with children is preferred (paid or voluntary). Participation at an information session, skills assessment and interview forms part of the selection criteria.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Diploma year of the BA Hons Education and Social Services, BA Childhood Studies or part time study of PDA Childhood Practice followed by BA Childhood Practice.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Learning and Childcare

SCQF Level